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Engineer by degree, but I code for a living. Recently switched to using a tablet for leisure internet, like this site, but the on-screen keyboard is horrible, so please forgive my missing letters and things!


Feb
22
answered WLP 566 Saison Long Fermentation
Feb
22
asked How do I know when a starter has hit 'high krausen', when using a stir plate
Feb
22
answered Is there a good way to estimate/calculate volume lost in fermentation(s)?
Feb
2
accepted Can the Phosphoric acid from the hardware store be used to adjust sparge water?
Feb
2
comment Can the Phosphoric acid from the hardware store be used to adjust sparge water?
Went with lactic acid from LHBS.
Feb
2
comment Can the Phosphoric acid from the hardware store be used to adjust sparge water?
Yeah, they have a purpose to denature it with ethanol, hehe. But that added 'poison' is called out on the label. A company I used to work for sold gallons of stuff for the same price as two ounces, the same MSDS. Just called it something else. But you're right, unless there's a definitive food grade, I'm not doing it.
Jan
28
revised Fly Sparging: Can I start boiling straight away
Added another bullet about pre-boil gravity
Jan
28
asked Can the Phosphoric acid from the hardware store be used to adjust sparge water?
Jan
18
comment What software do most brewers use?
I've had it up to here with BeerSmith2 in that it's backwards (you enter an efficiency and it forces that down, instead of entering the data and calculating the efficiency). What spreadsheet do you use?
Jan
18
accepted How do I calculate mash efficiency with BeerSmith2 when doing a partigyle?
Jan
18
comment How do I calculate mash efficiency with BeerSmith2 when doing a partigyle?
Thanks for the suggestion. Your method worked a little better than the one from JoeFish. Well, at least it was faster to get somewhat close to my actual values, but I still couldn't get close enough to my actuals for my liking. And I boiled my partigyle really hard, so had to put in a different equipment profile since you can't do that by recipe.
Jan
18
comment How do I calculate mash efficiency with BeerSmith2 when doing a partigyle?
Thanks for the suggestion. I have my "real" numbers, but I was unable to get the program to match my actual volumes and SG readings using the "fiddle with efficiencies" method. I'm annoyed that there's no way to set how "hard" you boil by batch. BeerSmith2 seems backwards with accepting an efficiency as an input value...it should be a result. I'm not sure I'll buy this program.
Jan
16
asked How do I calculate mash efficiency with BeerSmith2 when doing a partigyle?
Jan
3
comment What software do most brewers use?
I tried this one, but it seems like it doesn't do much with water volume calculations; setting quarts per pound in your mash, and all that seems missing.
Jan
1
answered BJCP Study Material
Dec
31
answered Bad “Canned Meat” smell after bottling, and briefly mid-fermentation
Dec
22
revised Should I worry about blow-off?
Changed wording to correct consistency issue.
Nov
25
comment How long will carbonation “hold” in a growler?
I pull a balloon over the neck of the growler so I can see if I have a leaking cap. Having a non-leaking cap is key. With a good cap, and a proper no-air fill (counter pressure or at least cap on foam), your growler should last months (keeping it chilled would be best). Once opened, the party is over in a day. I've tried several kinds of caps. Poly seal caps are what I settled upon.
Nov
25
comment Sourcing empty 15gal (1/2bbl) beer kegs?
After more research, I think breweries probably do pay $110 for new Sanke kegs. I asked at local brewery, and they pay even more (not buying enough to get a price break). It's still a bit of mystery how there can be brand new kegs for $90, while the breweries are paying more. Maybe the $90 ones are a thinner grade of steel or something.
Nov
19
answered Homebrewing and Arduino